and approximate size of the bee swarm or hive FROM A SAFE
- Remember: Keep
and pets away from the swarm or hive.
us of the
for us any
possible emergency information such as aggressive behavior, attacks on
people or pets, allergies to bee stings, etc.
the swarm or hive with water or any other substance to move the bees -
this will only aggravate them.
be alert. Bees
will normally attack only when their nesting area is
Approach potential bee nesting locations (such as mailboxes,
thick bushes and debris piles with CAUTION. Watch for
insects flying in and out of openings and listen for the "buzz" or
sound of a nearby bee nest.
or pen pets
and animals near a bee nest or swarm, regardless of how docile they may
machinery may agitate nesting bees. Use extra caution when
lawn mowers, weed eaters and powered equipment. This vibration is
offensive to the bees and may provoke an attack.
bees from nesting
in or around your home by sealing cracks and holes in structures under
the eves and by filling all void spaces. Remove debris (such as wood
old cars and trash) to reduce nesting locations. If ventilation
be maintained through a hole, cover it with a fine screen (available at
any hardware or home center store).
working in your
yard or participating in outdoor recreation activities, avoid
dark clothing, as that is more threatening to bees. Certain
after-shaves, hair sprays, sunscreens, and the smell of freshly mowed
have also been known to provoke bees.
- If you
a nest or
swarm of bees, assume they are Africanized Honeybees and LEAVE THEM
ALONE! It is impossible to distinguish Africanized bees from
common honeybees from a distance.
- IF YOU
DISTURB A COLONY OF BEES, YOU SHOULD:
them as QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE! If you are being stung, RUN
to a SHELTER if possible. If your vehicle is close, get
in your vehicle and roll up the windows. Once inside your
vehicle, DRIVE a
short distance, then STOP and CLEAR any stray
from the interior. If you are not near a vehicle or shelter, RUN
as far and as fast as possible. While running, pulling your shirt
up over your head may help, since bees tend to target the head and eyes.
NOT try to SWAT
at the bees. Movement of this type will only attract more bees.
into a POOL. It is common for the bees to attack again
you surface for air. If you become incapacitated from a bee sting
reaction, you might drown.
have been stung, DIAL
9-1-1 once you are safely away from the bees. Bee stingers
continue to inject venom for several minutes once they are imbedded in
your skin. While a few stings may not be harmful to most people,
multiple stings can cause a serious health problem. A SINGLE
CAN BE FATAL TO SOMEONE WHO IS ALLERGIC TO IT! Watch for
signs of an allergic reaction: local pain, swelling, hives and
difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms,
9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. An ALLERGIC REACTION to bee
can go from mild symptoms to DEATH in a very short